New ANZAC map honours rich local military history

New ANZAC map honours rich local military history

The rich ANZAC tradition and vital role of local communities during more than a century of military history is revealed in a map and guide released in time for ANZAC Day 2018.

“We must acknowledge with pride our region’s important role, beginning with the training of the 10th Light Horse Regiment in Guildford and the preparations for Gallipoli,” said Member for Hasluck, Ken Wyatt AM.

“While there are many other WA sites associated with Gallipoli, our links are particularly strong.”

Covering the Hasluck electorate, from Gidgegannup to Gosnells, the map pinpoints almost 120 sites of significance, from the Great War onwards.

“The breadth of Hasluck’s ANZAC tradition is truly remarkable,” said Mr Wyatt.

“Working together with local governments, Returned and Services Leagues,

historical societies and community groups, it has been an honour to produce such a unique and comprehensive guide for the first time.

“From the location of a former secret radio base to memorials to some of Australia’s most revered soldiers, this will be an invaluable resource for years to come.”

It includes address details and each site’s significance, plus a colour code to indicate its era of activity.

“This map compliments the work done by Barbara Dundas for the Guildford ANZACS poppy project which identified more than 100 residences where Great War soldiers were billeted, with each of these houses now marked with a poppy,” Mr Wyatt said.

The Guildford Association, Kalamunda Historical Society, Swan-Guildford Historical Society, State Heritage Office, National Archives, Australian War Memorial and West Australian Army Museum contributed to the new Hasluck ANZAC map and guide.

“While our major memorials such as Blackboy Hill are listed, I am sure local communities will be fascinated by the stories around lesser-known locations including the Blue Goose aircraft crash site and the shed where a giant Bofors gun was stored,” Mr Wyatt said.

Copies are free and can be obtained by contacting Ken Wyatt’s electorate office on 9359 0322 or Ken.wyatt.mp@aph.gov.au